Moab, Utah offers a wide variety of activities for travels and outdoor seekers of all ages. Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in and around Moab. Arches and Canyonlands National Park are a very short drive from downtown. Most people don’t realize that beyond the popular National Park hikes, Moab offers a wide range of shaded canyon hikes to help you enjoy the desert and beat the heat. The seasons vary in temperature and summers are very hot. Temperatures are known to climb well over 100 degrees in the afternoon, so hike with caution. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat.
Where can you find these “off the beaten path” hikes near Moab? It’s time to grab your backpack and lace up the hiking boots and hit the trail!
Are you looking for a quick day hike that suitable for all ages? Moonflower Canyon is a 0.6 mile trail that starts off a bit rocky, but levels off near the end. The out-and-back trail is mostly used for hiking and is located just south of Moab, UT. Most of the Moonflower Canyon Trail is shaded by giant cottonwood trees that line the river, which make it great for the very hot summer temperatures.
If you love waterfalls, Hunter Canyon offers all things aqua. The over 8.5 mile hike follows a stream through a canyon that narrows to less than 100 feet on some spots. The elevation gain is rather gradual, which makes Hunter Canyon ideal for the whole family. Hunter Canyon is one of the less traveled hikes in moab, so don’t expect to see crowds during your travels. For the very hot days, the creekbed is a great way to cool off. The trail is on BLM land, which means you will not have to pay to visit the area.
Post Hike Activities in Moab
After a long day hiking, downtown Moab offers activities to help you cool off, rest, and recharge. Moab has a great brewery, restaurants and lots and lots of shopping. Hotel Moab Downtown is centrally located in center of town, so there’s no need for car to access downtown. Check our our available room options enjoy Moab. We’ll see you on the trail!